Ariana Grande Gives Her 'Sam & Cat' Character a Major Send-Off

by Sophie Schillaci      13:36 PM PDT, July 14, 2014

Ariana Grande is saying goodbye to the character that made her famous with a heartfelt sendoff.

Nickelodeon has officially canceled Sam & Cat after placing the show on hiatus earlier this year. Multiple reports have surfaced stating that behind-the-scenes drama is to blame for the cancellation, but as far as Grande is concerned, she's got nothing but love for her Nick family.

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The "Problem" singer posted a lengthy statement to Twitter, in which she thanked the Viacom-owned network for "making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago."

Grande's character on the show, Cat Valentine, actually originated on the Nickelodeon hit Victorious back in 2010. Her counterpart, Jeanette McCurdy's Sam Puckett, was previously featured on Nick's iCarly.

Grande said Sunday that playing Cat helped her to transition from a teenager into an adult, and suggested that maybe we all could learn a thing or two from her character.

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"I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life I just wanted to express my appreciation for her and share some of the things I love most about her," Grande wrote. "She wouldn't judge anybody by their appearance.... she believed the best in people.... she wasn't afraid of anything or anybody.... she never let people's judgments hold her back from doing what she wanted."

Grande adds that her favorite quality of Cat's was "that she never lost her sense of wonder. As we grow up we become more and more jaded and fearful of how we come across. We hold back a little more, protect ourselves a little more and although Cat goes through the same ridicule as anybody else does growing up, she never changed or lost her childlike wonder. To me that's the bravest, most special thing about her."

Of course, that's not all Grande had to say. You can read the lengthy post in full over on her Twitter page.

What's next for Grande? The singer/actress is gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, My Everything, due out August 25.

Will you miss Sam & Cat?